Ing an Die


Ing an Die

Ing an Die serves as James McGinn’s operatic debut, concluding a three year research period exploring the multifaceted nature of a Gesamtkunstwerk. Placing this notion within a post-contemporary context, Ing an Die juxtaposes a broad palate of symbolic images and performative identities. By engaging the traditional vs contemporary, masculine vs feminine, organic human vs synthetic humanoid; the value systems surrounding art, culture, and power are used to critically examine humanist privilege within our contemporary world.

At the brink of a decaying humanity crushed by the exponential growth of technology, this 3-Act, 75 minute operatic-dance duet, traces a shape-shifting love story amidst a pre-apocalyptic landscape.

James McGinn

James McGinn was born and raised in Sarasota (Florida, USA) by a Scottish figure painter and an American Cecchetti ballerina. Initially trained as a classicist-turned romanticist, his relationship to contemporary art and performance continued to transform throughout his extensive professional training at The American Dance Festival, The New School – Eugene Lang College, and as a danceWEB scholar at Impulstanz (Vienna). While finishing Graduate research at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, James became heavily invested in trans/post-humanist theory & composition and started a database of referential form and gestural symbolism. He has been greatly influenced by performing in the work of Jonah Bokaer, Wally Cardona, Miguel Gutierrez, Ishmael Houston-Jones, John Jasperse, Daniel Linehan, Jen McGinn, Marten Spangberg, and Robert Steijn, among others. James currently works between Brooklyn and Brussels as a contemporary performer and choreographer exploring the territory between dance, theater, and performance for the stage and moving image.


Director: James McGinnArtistic associate: Christoffer Forbes SchiecheInterpreters: Inga Hákonardóttir & James McGinnCostumes: Ried & HarrietLight design: James McGinn icw Nicholas HoufekCo-production: wpZimmer, The Knight FoundationResidencies and support: P.A.R.T.S., BUDA, wpZimmer, Centre Choréographique National d'Orléans